SET to rise in the heart of Tacloban City is Summit Hotel Tacloban, the fifth property under the Summit Hotels brand.

Taking Tacloban's thrust of "building back better" to heart, Summit Hotel Tacloban symbolizes the city's resilience and strength, and pays homage to the beauty and culture of Eastern Visayas.

Given its strategic location, Tacloban serves as an excellent portal to the rest of the region, and is a great place for visitors to immerse themselves in an experience and environment that is distinct to this part of the country.

Summit Hotel Tacloban aims to give guests a comfortable stay, surrounded by well-appointed interiors and pampered by thoughtful service.

"The design takes inspiration from Region VIII's colorful history, [and is] a commemoration of the promising future brought about by the abundance of its natural resources and the warmth of its people despite past trials," said Summit Hotel Tacloban's architect Albert Yu.

The 138-room hotel will feature a Tropical Filipino look, making use of design concepts and finishes that are unique to the region. Natural wood and neutral hues will dominate the space, with native stone surfaces, pretty latticework, and elegant light fixtures adding interesting details.

The reception area will feature wooden arches, symbolic of Tacloban being a gateway to the region. Basket-weave and coconut-leaf patterns, as well as patterned glass will be employed in various areas, giving them texture and depth. Pops of color will inject a bit of fun and playfulness into the design.

The luxe tropical look will continue in the pool deck and bar. The hotel will also have an in-house restaurant called Patron Casual Dining, adorned with tree patterns as well as beehive tiles and with an al fresco dining area for those who want to enjoy the fresh air. The menu will be predominantly Asian, made using fresh ingredients to be sourced from local suppliers.

The design of the King and Twin rooms, Super rooms, with native woodwork patterns, is reminiscent of indigenous bamboo floors of the traditional bahay kubo.

Of its 138 rooms, Summit Hotel Tacloban will have six guest suites with three different styles, each echoing a celebration held in the region, in both name and design:

* The first is Sangyaw, named after the Sangyaw Festival, a local religious and socio-cultural event revived by the city government in 2008. The suites will feature bold floral patterns and metallic accents.

* The second is Lubi-Lubi, inspired by sayaw lubi-lubi (coconut dance), an indigenous street parade that makes use of the city's abundant coco plants and materials, and that is a celebration of peace, love, and unity among the city's various barangays. These suites will sport bold leaf patterns and a variety of textures and colors.

* The third, Pintados, takes its name from the Pintados Festival in the '80s, which commemorated the first inhabitants of the Visayas, whose bodies were tattooed from their ankles up to their necks. The suites will thus be marked by modernized symbolic tattoo patterns.

All rooms and communal spaces will be furnished with mid-century modern and modern pieces, balancing out the more traditional design elements. The overall feel of Summit Hotel Tacloban: luxurious and contemporary, yet warm and welcoming.

"We are delighted to expand our boutique hotel presence in the Visayas region with the opening of a new Summit Hotel in Tacloban," said Elizabeth D. Gregorio, business unit-general manager of Robinsons Hotels and Resorts. "Since 2014, the city of Tacloban has signaled significant growth and development, and we are delighted to be part of Leyte's continued progress, especially in travel and tourism."

Summit Hotel Tacloban is set to soft open within the first quarter of 2018. The hotel is located right next to Robinsons Place Tacloban in Barangay 77, Marasbaras, Tacloban City.

With this latest addition to its roster of developments, Summit Hotels and Resorts is excited to be part of Tacloban City's rebirth, looking forward to the future with hope and optimism. (PR)